FI­JIAN LUX­URY AT ITS FINEST

FOR COU­PLES, FAM­I­LIES OR GROUPS, THE IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL FIJI GOLF RE­SORT & SPA IS THE PLACE TO BE.

Vacations & Travel - - Contents - BY LISA MAROUN

For cou­ples, fam­i­lies or groups, the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort & Spa is the place to be.

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort & Spa sits ma­jes­ti­cally on a white sandy beach and among 14 ha of trop­i­cal gar­dens. The five-star lux­ury re­treat is lo­cated on the pic­turesque Nata­dola Bay on Fiji’s main is­land of Viti Levu. After the less than an hour’s drive from Nadi Air­port, a drum­mers’ wel­come awaits and in­fec­tious smiles from the staff greet you with a cheery ‘Bula’.

Sur­rounded by co­conut palms, this multi award-win­ning prop­erty fea­tur­ing 266 rooms is in­spired by a tra­di­tional Fi­jian vil­lage and boasts su­perb fa­cil­i­ties to cater for a range of trav­ellers.

Fam­i­lies

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort & Spa is ideal for a fam­ily, of­fer­ing in­ter­con­nect­ing op­tions in both Gar­den View and Pool View Rooms. If it’s more space you’re after there’s the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade to a La­goon View or Beach­front View Suite.

Planet Trekkers, the re­sort’s sig­na­ture kids' club is de­signed to keep the kids en­ter­tained and pro­vides the adults with some ‘time out’. The club opens daily from 9.30am to 10.30pm, of­fers three ses­sion times and caters to two age groups – 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 year olds.

Planet Trekkers is also open to chil­dren un­der the age of four, how­ever they must be in the com­pany of a re­sort nanny. Nan­nies are also avail­able for babysit­ting ser­vices at an hourly charge. If you’re trav­el­ling with teens, a ded­i­cated recre­ations team is on hand co­or­di­nat­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties daily to keep them en­ter­tained such as Pitch & Putt, beach vol­ley­ball, touch rugby, cricket and beach vol­ley­ball.

The re­sort’s main restau­rant, Sanasana, is a great op­tion for fam­i­lies as kids aged 12 and un­der can eat for free when with a din­ing adult. It is open for buf­fet break­fasts, à la carte lunches and hosts nightly themed buf­fet din­ners such as Latin Nights, Toba BBQ, Flavours of Asia, A Taste of Fiji, and a guest favourite, Seafood Sen­sa­tions.

Toba Bar & Grill, lo­cated at the heart of the re­sort, is a good choice for a ca­sual meal by the fam­ily ac­tiv­ity pool. It of­fers a range of din­ing op­tions in­clud­ing wood-fired piz­zas, wraps, burg­ers and Bud­dha bowls. And just by

Toba Bar & Grill you’ll find the re­sort’s sweet­est hot spot, its sig­na­ture ice-cream par­lour, a favourite pit stop for both chil­dren and adults.

Cou­ples

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort & Spa is per­fec­tion for cou­ples look­ing to spend qual­ity time to­gether or un­wind. Sit­ting high on a plateau over­look­ing one of Fiji’s best beaches is the so­phis­ti­cated Club In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal.

For that spe­cial oc­ca­sion or hon­ey­moon, cou­ples can up­grade to Club In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal, where a spa­cious room awaits you fea­tur­ing a mar­ble bath­room com­plete with Pure

Fiji prod­ucts. And for the true ro­man­tics, an in-room Queen Cleopa­tra bath rit­ual sur­rounded by can­dles is a must.

Club In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal of­fers a peace­ful haven through­out the day, fea­tur­ing a pri­vate in­fin­ity pool with panoramic views, sur­rounded by bas­ket-wo­ven co­coons to re­treat in.

The Club is ser­viced all day and in­cludes com­pli­men­tary buf­fet break­fast, af­ter­noon tea and sun­set cock­tails and canapés be­tween 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Cou­ples stay­ing at the re­sort can also re­quest for in­ti­mate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences such as a pri­vate ca­bana by the beach served by your own per­sonal waiter. Or, treat your­selves to a spe­cial meal at Navo, the re­sort’s spe­cial­ity din­ing op­tion that over­looks the la­goon and its sa­cred is­land name­sake. The restau­rant fea­tures con­tem­po­rary cui­sine in­spired by the sea and an ex­ten­sive range of New and Old World wines. Due to the re­fined na­ture of Navo, guests must ad­here to a smart ca­sual dress code.

There are ac­tiv­i­ties ga­lore on of­fer for cou­ples from snorkelling and beach vol­ley­ball to lo­cal vil­lage tours and stretch yoga classes.

The 18-hole Cham­pi­onship Golf Course pro­vides the per­fect ex­cuse for a golf break, and while the men are en­joy­ing a round of golf, the ladies can re­treat to Spa In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal, a haven of peace and re­lax­ation set be­hind stone walls.

Cou­ple's mas­sages are a pop­u­lar choice, how­ever the ex­ten­sive spa menu al­lows you to in­dulge in a range of Asian, Eastern and West­ern treat­ment meth­ods to bring bal­ance to mind, body and soul.

If you do treat your­self to a spa treat­ment, make sure you ar­rive early to en­joy the Wai Zone, an aqua ther­apy area fea­tur­ing a steam room, hy­drother­apy Jacuzzi and an ice room, all in­cluded in the price of your treat­ment.

The Kama Lounge is also a pop­u­lar spot for cou­ples and the ideal place to sit back and re­lax as the sun sets over the South Pa­cific. The bar staff is on hand to serve up in­ter­na­tion­ally and lo­cally in­spired cock­tails while you en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment such as DJs and bands, tribal drum­mers or the nightly fire-light­ing cer­e­mony.

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort and Spa of­fers a haven of peace and seren­ity. Ex­pect to be pam­pered by In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji’s per­sonal ser­vice from the mo­ment you ar­rive, and leave with authen­tic and en­rich­ing Fi­jian ex­pe­ri­ences. •

Open­ing im­age: Views of the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort &Spa from Navo Is­land.Clock­wise from bot­tom left: Din­ing at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort & Spa; Beach­front suite; Beach­front view room; Pri­vate plunge pool; and The Club Lounge.

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